The Government has today published Planning for the Future, a consultation document outlining widespread proposed changes to the planning system. We are excited to see how the change will be delivered.
The headline proposals include:
- Local Plans to identify three types of land – Growth areas suitable for substantial development, Renewal areas suitable for substantial development and Protected areas.
- Outline planning permission to be automatically granted for development in Growth areas
- A standard method for establishing housing requirement figures to ensure enough land is released in areas where affordability is worst.
- Plan making process to be streamlined to take no more than 30 months
- Development management policies to be restricted to clear and necessary site or area-specific requirements such as height and density limits.
- Fast track process for schemes that comply with local design guides and codes.
- Publication of a National Model Design Code to be published this autumn.
- Use of digital services to automatically screen developments and help identify where they align with policies and/or codes.
- Community Infrastructure Levy to be replaced by a nationally set flat rate charge as a fixed proportion of the development value.
- Financial penalties for Local Authorities where planning applications overrun statutory deadlines and schemes are approved at appeal.
- Wider range of applications subject to deemed consent if no decision is made within statutory timeframes.
The full document can be read here.
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